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Rapper Lecrae Shares His Powerful Story of Abortion Loss and Healing

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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This post was co-authored by Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Dr. Alveda King

The Silent No More Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative will be focusing on the impact of abortion all year long. In February, Black History Month, the impact of abortion on African-American women, men and families will be discussed.

We know that families today face many challenges…but an absent father is one of the most important factors in the mental, physical and spiritual health of our children and our communities. Statistics clearly show that having an absent father leads to an increase in poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, health issues, physical and sexual abuse, addictions and criminal activity and ultimately in some cases, incarceration.

How do we begin to reverse these deadly cycles, especially in our minority communities? We need to focus on a subject that few politicians, community and religious leaders and social scientists address when confronting these complicated issues – abortion and men. Most importantly, we need to reach out to men of color who have been part of an abortion decision with a message of education, repentance and healing.

A man who has experienced life with an absent father and some level of abuse and neglect is at higher risk for serious problems after abortion because of the deeper damage inflicted on his manhood/fatherhood when he fails to protect his unborn child from the abortionist knife. This is a complex dynamic that can feed in a powerful way the problems many young men of color face today.

The men in our King Family Legacy, our fathers and grandfather fiercely regarded the sanctity of life. Uncle ML King once said: ” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Daddy King, my grandfather saved me from abortion and years later saved one of my sons from abortion by promising to stand by the parents as long as help was needed. My Daddy, AD King was very protective of me until he was killed. I write about this in my book at www.kingrulesbook.com.

Yes, the paternal voice is powerful in the life of a child. We will look at this important issue more closely in future blogs in the month of February.
A good way to join us on this journey, so essential to the future of our nation is to hear a father share his own story.

Passionlife has just posted an interview with Hip Hop Artist, Lecrae who shares about his abortion loss. It is a powerful account so take a moment to hear his story.

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Former Abortionist Joins Effort to Heal the #Shockwaves of #Abortion

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. Those groups include grandparents, siblings, survivors, spouses, abortionists and their staff, and pro-life advocates.

The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22. This year, for the first time, a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, will march with the women and men of the campaign and will give his testimony.

“I’m happy to endorse and to join Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. As an abortionist, I was at the epicenter of the earthquake but since I stopped doing abortions and became involved with pro-life efforts, I can clearly see how abortion affects everyone connected with the child who dies,” Dr. Levatino said. “I regret performing abortions and will never perform another one again.”

At the press conference, mother and daughter Andrea and Maddie Pearson will share how Andrea’s abortion impacted their family. Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will talk about abortion’s devastating impact on the black community. Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an authority on men and abortion, will talk about the surprising results of a survey of men now serving time in a maximum security prison in Florida.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will give a brief overview of the project and discuss their abortion losses: Mrs. Forney had an abortion as a teenager and Mrs. Morana lost two grandchildren to abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will talk about his work with former abortionists and how help and healing is available through the Church.

“In 2014 alone, thousands of women and men went through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats looking for help with their abortion regret,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “That’s one post-abortion healing program among many that are available. It’s time to face the fact that abortion has created a huge shockwave of damage.”

For information on Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, visit www.silentnomore.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Healing the Shockwaves of #Abortion: Silent No More to Announce Yearlong Project

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year 2014 saw the first “abortion rom-com” in theaters, heard the head of Planned Parenthood express the goal of making pro-life political candidates “unacceptable,” and endured a relentless assault by an anti-life movement that seeks to recast abortion as a social good.

HealingtheShockwavesLogoAbortion is not a social good, and in 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will demonstrate that through a new project called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. The aim of Shockwaves is to reach out to those impacted by the loss of a child through abortion: Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, abortion clinic workers and even the abortionists themselves.

The project will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22.

The Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion was like a series of powerful nuclear devices detonated in January 1973 in Washington, D.C. The damage done by an explosion is not only in the initial impact, but in the invisible shockwaves that ripple out from the epicenter. We often fail to see the radioactive fallout from 55 million abortions but the new initiative aims to make Americans aware of the powerful and destructive shockwaves that have wounded our nation in ways that we are only beginning to fully understand.

“Each individual abortion procedure is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director for Silent No More. “The shockwaves not only deeply touch the mother and father but all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures. They extend out into the lives that they will touch as their unresolved grief and loss impact their future relationships, their marriage and family lives. This can and does reach deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Every month throughout 2015, Shockwaves will reach out to a group that has been directly impacted by abortion loss, with helpful information, resources, and referrals to abortion-recovery programs.

January will focus on “Healing through the Church.” February will recognize Black History Month to offer “Healing the Black Family.” March will put the focus on grandparents, while April will take a look at how the shockwaves have impacted the siblings. Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June provide opportunities to focus on those at the epicenter, the parents who lose children to abortion.

“The new aim of the pro-choice movement is to convince women and men that abortion is the very best thing they can do for themselves and their future,” said Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “But I can tell you from experience that the abortion I had as a teenager was not the best thing I could have done for myself. It was the worst, and it impacted my parents, my future husband and our daughter.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, was unaware for years that she had lost a grandchild to abortion.

“When I look at my two precious grandchildren now, I often think of their cousin who’s missing,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to think of what my family lost, and what my daughter went through. The shockwaves of that abortion have reverberated throughout my family, and there are families like mine all over our wounded nation.”

The theme for July will be “Healing the Survivors and Friends,” followed by “Healing the Abortion Providers” in August. Family will be the theme for September, with a focus on Hispanic families in October.

“Healing Pro-Lifers” will be the theme for November.

“Those who stand outside abortion clinics, on the front lines of this battle, also need healing,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and head of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative. “So do those who work in pregnancy resource centers, and others who counsel abortion-vulnerable women. Every woman who chooses abortion represents a deep and personal loss to these people who are so committed to life. They feel the shockwaves most acutely.”

December will be devoted to seeking healing through Jesus Christ.

“When a spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to the light of Christ, there are miraculous encounters with the Lord,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We hope that by the end of the Shockwaves year, we have made a start in healing the heart of our nation.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is clearly on the radar of the pro-abortion movement. Since 2002, Silent No More has been equipping men and women across our nation to share the truth of the devastation abortion unleashed in their lives. The pro-aborts are pushing back with campaigns to “affirm” abortion and “normalize” this procedure as a safe and benign rite of passage in many women’s lives. Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will counter these efforts with the truth.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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If “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”…Why do I Feel Like Such a Scrooge?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Guest Blog by Kevin Burke

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Christmas can be a magical time, especially when enjoying the season through the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, alongside the lights and festivities, the joy and wonder of this special time, many struggle with a sense of grief and loss.

Sometimes it’s not a pervasive gloom, but more a gnawing melancholy we can fight off by being consumed with all the busyness of the season. You may find yourself (or notice a friend or relative) drinking more than usual at holiday celebrations, dulling an aching pain you would rather avoid.

You don’t have to be an Ebenezer Scrooge to recognize that the expectations for an idealized Hallmark Card Christmas by the fireplace fail to match up to the complex realities, the uncertainty and fear that are part of many of our lives. If we can slow down the Holiday rush for a few minutes, we may discover something important in this great feast. Perhaps the deeper meaning of this Holiday does not require us to deny our grief and pain, but to come to see that this suffering is intimately connected to the Christmas story.

Much of the music and mythology of the holiday highlight an idealized and sanitized version of the Christmas story. But the accounts of the Annunciation and birth of Jesus in the Gospels reveal that God intimately enters human history with a man and woman who are struggling with confusion and fear… just like us.

We know the stories; we have heard them thousands of times. But focus in a special way on the initial response of Mary and Joseph as they learn of God’s invitation to embrace their very mysterious vocation:

The Angel Gabriel is well aware of Mary’s fear when his greets her.

“Do not be afraid Mary…”

And to Joseph:

“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”

Of course they were both confused and afraid. We think of the Christmas story in the context of cozy and warm family gatherings, with cookies baking in the oven. But in the real Christmas story, the lives of Mary and Joseph are in the process of being turned upside down! They will face even more anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Joseph and Mary, and the life of their newborn child will be threatened with terror and death from a demonically inspired Herod. They face dangerous travel and exile from their hometowns for years to come. They surely were challenged in many ways that the stories do not recount. We know that while their faith in God would prove in time to be rock solid…no doubt that faith and trust in Him was forged in the fires of anxiety and fear. We can imagine that Joseph had other moments of doubt and confusion and would need to remember the Angel’s words of reassurance… “don’t be afraid, God is with you, keep moving ahead…trust in Him.”

Christmas Triggers

We are not so different than Jesus and Mary. Fear, anxiety and depression can at times be part of our own Christmas story…and like Scrooge we may face scary ghosts of Christmas past haunting our sleep as the clock tolls midnight.

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The focus on the Christ Child and the joy of children at Christmas may remind you (or someone you love) of an event in the past when you were overwhelmed with a fear and anxiety and tempted to see abortion as the only “choice.” We remember the loss of a son or daughter, grandchild, or a brother or sister who will never share in the wonder of the Holiday. This can be very much a conscious awareness. However for many this loss is frozen deep under the waters of denial. The Holiday themes trigger those feelings and memories of that lost child, which can be expressed in depression, melancholy and a hunger to remain distracted and busy in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Perhaps this was a child that you longed for in the recesses of your heart, but your partner insisted that abortion was the only rational solution. Like the Holy Family you felt powerless and afraid. You grieve that there was no Saint Joseph in your life to save the child from the modern day Herods of Planned Parenthood. Maybe you’re a man grieving that you failed to be more like Saint Joseph to that vulnerable woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Christmas can be a time when we are acutely aware of the loss of a beloved relative, remember joy-filled memories that have faded…or perhaps painful experiences of family dysfunction which are often magnified at the Holidays. We may be facing the anxiety of health concerns, economic and employment uncertainty, or the breakdown of a marriage.

The Cross Above the Manger

The presence of suffering, death, fear and anxiety need not be denied and suppressed in order to protect some sanitized, idealized Christmas season. If we can learn the intimate connection between the incarnation and birth of our Savior and his suffering on the cross, we may discover in our own suffering the true joy and hope of this holiday.

Fr. Bernhard Speringer shares:

The Gospels…indicate that the Cross above the Manger is more than a mere decoration…The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born in Bethlehem in order to be able to lay down his life on Golgotha out of love for men! Thus the Manger and the Cross form a union. Both the Manger and the Cross are for us the revelation of God’s love.
When our lives are turned upside down by the tsunamis of upheaval and suffering that come unexpectedly and without warning, we can turn to a God that is intimately connected with the suffering of his people. We can come to a deeper understanding of that powerful and precious title of our savior and God born into the anxiety and violence faced by many poor families, and a baby Jesus who would end his life being tortured to death on a cross.

This child’s title is Emanuel – God with Us.

Loneliness and isolation in times of suffering and temptation can blind us to an essential truth of our faith; God is with us in our suffering…intimately present to us in Spirit and in the hearts of those who reach out to us in love.

During the Holidays give the gift to a friend or relative (or to yourself!) of providing an opportunity to share what it is truly on their heart and soul this Christmas season. Acknowledge that while this is a time of joy, you know that they may also be suffering from the loss of a loved one, financial anxieties, and if they have confided in you, a previous abortion. Allow them to share their feelings and memories. If they are in need of deeper healing of a loss like abortion, share with them the good news that this is a perfect time of year to bring this suffering to the Lord, and attend a program for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion in the New Year.

This is the Reason for the Season!

May we draw strength in the year ahead from the courage and faith of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary, though struggling with fear and anxiety, gave birth to the mission of their Son.

For those healed of abortion loss, like Scrooge on Christmas morning they learn that despair and death do not have the last word!

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They discover in recovery from this wound their own special mission. They respond to a calling to proclaim the truth of their abortion loss and the good news of healing to a Nation and world that desperately needs to hear their message in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Jesus has promised us that in time he will transform all our suffering, into the joy and hope of resurrection to eternal life.

When in the darkness and loneliness of suffering this can seem a very distant hope.

I pray that these words of Christ will fill you with peace and joy…that whatever you are facing, and will face in the days ahead, you can trust that He is indeed Emanuel and is close to you in your suffering, and will transform the darkest shadows of your life with the blinding light of His Glorious Resurrection:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Rev: 21

How Can the Dream Survive?

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In Time For Father’s Day, A New Focus On Men And Abortion

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Turning the Hearts of Fathers is a new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to enlist church leaders to share the good news of forgiveness and recovery to men who have experienced abortion loss. Silent No More is a joint campaign of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.

The new project has been launched in time for Father’s Day, because men who have lost a child or children to abortion are often more acutely aware of that loss on the holiday that celebrates children’s love and gratitude for their fathers.

“We have learned from fathers who have taken part in an abortion that their experience damaged them as men,” said Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and coordinator of Turning the Hearts of Fathers. “Abortion attacks the fundamental nature of the gift men bring to the family: a father’s love and protection of the children entrusted to his care. Violating this fundamental law of God can later weaken men in their vocation as husbands, fathers and spiritual leaders at home, in church and in their communities.”

Burke said priests and ministers are often wary of addressing the subject in their ministry and preaching for fear of hurting or alienating those in the congregation who have lost children to abortion. Turning the Hearts of Fathers addresses these concerns with information and resources to reach out with sensitivity and effectiveness. At the website FatherhoodForever.org, clergy will find resources to help them preach about the topic, announcements that can be included in the weekly bulletin and information on abortion recovery programs.

“What a great blessing it will be for our families, churches and nation when the millions of men involved in abortion decisions turn to Christ for healing and restoration,” Burke said.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director of the new initiative, noted that the participation of priests and ministers across the country is vital for the project to succeed.

“Many aspects of abortion are very sensitive, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored,” Father Pavone said. “The impact of abortion on the lives of our people is all the more reason a shepherd must pay attention to these wounds. Ministry involves confronting problems that provoke emotions. Ministry regarding abortion involves nothing less than life and death.”

For interviews with Kevin Burke, Father Pavone or a father willing to speak on the record about his abortion loss, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website

www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Fr. Pavone Calls on Clergy to Pray for Former Abortionists

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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NEW YORK, NY– Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“This weekend, in a private retreat, former abortion clinic workers will seek spiritual and psychological healing. Along with several colleagues, I will again be privileged to minister to these individuals, who once made their living by killing children but who now have repented and seek forgiveness.

“I ask my brother priests, and clergy of all denominations, to pray to Christ the Healer in these days, that those who come to seek this healing will have the courage to undertake the arduous task ahead of them. We will assist them to face up with complete honesty to the evil they have done, and at the same time to more deeply perceive the full weight of God’s mercy. These individuals will be asked to remember the number of lives they have taken, and to begin to re-humanize each of these children, claiming responsibility for them, apologizing for each one of them, and commending them to the Lord. They will also pray for the mothers, fathers, and families who have been damaged by the abortion that they provided.

“Many years ago, Dr. Philip Ney developed the Society of Centurions for former abortionists and their staff who repent of killing the innocent, just as did the Roman Centurion at Jesus’ crucifixion. At various times and in various locations around the world, Dr. Ney conducts Centurion gatherings, leading men and women through an intensive process of healing. The work I will do this weekend is based on the insights and research Dr. Ney provides. We look forward to preparing many men and women to take advantage of the powerful encounter that these meetings with Dr. Ney provide.

“As he has pointed out, the better we can understand why a person becomes an abortionist, and then how a person comes to leave that dark industry, the better we can understand how our whole society has gotten enmeshed in the culture of abortion, and how it can again become free.”

For information, visit www.SocietyofCenturions.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Happy Fathers’ Day Part Two: Daddy’s Pearls

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! Matthew 13:46 NLT

130613 blog image 2When I was sixteen years old, my daddy, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. gave me a sweet sixteen birthday party. He also gave me my very first and most beautiful set of pearl jewelry. They were set as dangling earrings and a necklace. I’m wearing the necklace in a photo taken over a quarter of a century ago.

Daddy was truly my hero. Was he perfect? No, of course not. He fought against temptations of the flesh like any man. Remember David was after God’s own heart, yet he killed Uriah the Hittite. Noah drank too much wine. Moses was the most meek and humble man in history, yet he never quite mastered his temper. My father was such a man, a man after God’s own heart, a man of faith and bold enough to build in the face of mockery of the people.

Daddy once took his youth ministry to Pensacola, Florida for a summer youth retreat. I was so happy to be included. It was my first time to see and play in the ocean. Daddy was a championship swimmer in college, having awards aplenty. When he married Mama and the children were born, he insisted that we all learn to swim. I was more of a dog paddler than a real swimmer, but I could stay afloat and had no fear of water.

The sound and sight of God’s powerful waves crashing upon the shore was just awesome to me. I remember Daddy’s rich baritone voice ringing with laughter as I bounded about in the water. I even grew to be so bold as to dash out into a huge wave and get washed away from the shore. With Daddy behind me and the looming ocean out beyond me, I remember yelling “Daddy” as the wave washed me away.

Instantly, at my cry for help, Daddy dove into the water and came cutting through the ripples to my side. I remember that Daddy had taught us so many times that Jesus, the living Son and Word of God calmed the waves with His command: “Peace be still.” I remembered that Daddy taught us that Jesus walked on the water. When I felt Daddy’s strong arms around me, pulling me out of the now menacing waves, I likely wondered if Jesus would come walking right up beside us.

Daddy’s gift of pearls to me included the knowledge of the Pearl of Great Price, which is The Kingdom of Heaven presented to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the greatest gift a Father can give a child, the gift of natural life fortified with the Gospel of Life.

Today, in the midst of immigration battles, tax battles, social and moral battles, I can only encourage us to remember our best and greatest father, GOD. I honor God on Fathers’ Day because He is GOD and GOD alone. Through the years, God has given me some wonderful “father figures” to guide my understanding, and I am grateful.

God gives us many blessings in life. Among the countless blessings experienced in my now 62 years of life on earth are the lessons learned from my four favorite mentors. Three of them are elders from my bloodline, and from them I learned to receive God’s miracles, to have a compassionate heart and that love never fails.

My father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, I (A. D.) taught me to believe in and later to experience the miracles of God. When I was a little girl, I would sit in the pews of churches where Daddy preached and listen to his sermons on the miracles of Jesus. When Daddy preached, I actually believed that Jesus walked on the water, turned the water to wine, rebuked the winds and the waves, multiplied the fish and the loaves and healed the sick and raised the dead.

When Granddaddy (Dr. Martin Luther King, Senior) preached about how we have to have “faith, hope and love,” and the compassion of God, for the prisoners, for the sick, for the elderly, for the widows and for the children, my heart went out to “the least of these.”

When Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) preached about the love of God, my heart learned to know God as my loving father. Most people know that Uncle M. L. was a famous civil rights leader, but my best memories of him are as a loving family man and preacher.

My daddy and uncle in the nineteen sixties went to Heaven when they were both killed in the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. Granddaddy lived to see his “first three great-grandchildren,” my first three children born alive. He went to Heaven in the mid-nineteen eighties; just about two years after I was “born again” in 1983.Daddy never saw one of his grandchildren. I try and help them to know Daddy through my memories.

I miss them all so very much. They were my family, my protectors, my heroes, my mentors and my first Bible teachers.

God in His infinite wisdom has given me two more mentors, Pastor Theo Allen McNair, Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church in Atlanta, GA. He has been my Pastor and mentor for almost 25 years. It is to him that I gave my first symbolic cup to a prophet. And then there is Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for life. I can’t tell you how much he has helped me to understand that God’s gifts to us can increase when we stand for the Gospel of Life.

As I close, I’d like to encourage everyone to also remember those fathers whose lives have been touched by the abortion of their seed. God wants to heal all the fathers of the world. I’d like to share a blog message from Kevin Burke about this.

Let the healing begin!

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Help and Healing for Former Abortion Providers

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Dr. Bernard Nathanson Abortionist turned Pro-lifer

Dr. Bernard Nathanson
Abortionist turned Pro-lifer

In his ongoing ministry outreach to abortion affiliates, providers, medical practitioners, and others involved in the abortion industry, as they prepare to exit the abortion lifestyle, Fr. Frank and other compassionate pro-life activists offer help and healing to those who have been involved in the abortion industry.

A major part of this comes from the Society of Centurions.

Recently Fr. Frank joined Fr. Terry Gensemer to lead a healing retreat for former abortion clinic workers through And Then There Were None (ATTWN). ATTWN was founded by Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager turned pro-life advocate.

With groups like the Society of Centurions and ATTWN abortions clinic workers and abortion providers don’t have to be afraid of stepping away from the destructive life they have in the abortion industry.

As Abby Johnson writes in her story on LifeNews,

A lot of horrific memories surfaced during the retreat – memories of babies being born alive and having to piece babies back together after procedures were particularly painful for the women to describe. ”When you take that jar and dump it [after an abortion], and you see those arms and legs, there’s no denying it’s a baby,” said Mary. ’Christine’ recalled a time that a baby was born alive into the toilet. “This baby was moving… I’m like, oh God, what do I do?” she said. ”We were supposed to give CPR but never did… once that fetus dropped in the toilet, I knew I was done… I am guilty for not saving the child who drowned in the toilet. When I left, I didn’t look back.”

I’m always saying that abortion kills a baby and hurts women, men and families. But what we often forget is that it does damage to the lives and hearts of the workers in those abortion facilities.

Abortion is evil and evil is not content to destroy one life or two. Evil wants to destroy all life.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36

But good can overcome evil. God is good! And through His help we can all be healed. Abortion workers can find forgiveness and healing through groups like the Society of Centurions and ATTWN.

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Mom’s Pro-Life Activism Began When She Named Her Aborted Child

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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Claudette Breton is part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign

In the dream there is a glass house, and inside, a baby. The interior of the house is on fire, and there is no way in. The baby will surely die.

This recurring nightmare so tortured Claudette Breton in the days immediately following her abortion in 1975 that she stopped going to bed at night.

“In my heart, I knew what I had done was wrong,” said Ms. Breton, who will take part in her second National March for Life tomorrow in Ottawa with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada.

The resident of Sault St. Marie, Ontario, was 21 years old when she confided to her mother that she was pregnant. Finding no support for continuing her pregnancy, she decided on abortion. The laws in Canada then were a bit stricter than today’s no-holds-barred policy, so Ms. Breton prepared to meet with three doctors who would determine her fate. But there was only one doctor in the office whose décor she remembers in minute detail, and he asked only two questions before sending her on her way: Did she know who the father was, and what did her parents think? A week later, she was informed that her “procedure” had been approved.

She felt empty when she got the news, but that emptiness soon was momentarily replaced by the first movements of the child in her womb. “I knew I was pretty far along to have felt that flutter.”
Unlike her crystal clear memories of her interview with the doctor who would approve her abortion, she has very few memories of the procedure itself. She does remember a nurse telling her not to cry, that it would be over soon.

“Thirty-eight years later,” she said, “it still wasn’t over. I felt like a totally different person. I had such a cold heart.”

Years of self-destructive behaviors followed, but she never linked her behavior to her abortion.
“I never talked about it and I never acknowledged it,” Ms. Breton said. “My mother was the only other person who knew.” She had never even told the baby’s father, or her own.

She was drinking heavily after the abortion and finally reached a point where she knew she had to get sober or die. Soon after that she met her future husband, Yvan Breton. A year after their wedding, she suffered a miscarriage and then began years of fertility treatments that were complicated by an uncommon uterine condition. Finally, five years after her marriage, she found out she was pregnant.

“When I saw the baby on the ultrasound, it didn’t stir up any emotion. ” she recalled. When her son Julien, now 18, was born, she had no feelings at all when they put him in my arms.

Ms. Breton’s experience is not unique. Of the thousands of testimonies shared by post-abortive women at the Silent No More Awareness Campaign website, many touch on these same themes: destructive behaviors, bonding difficulties with future children, feelings of disconnection.

Her journey to healing began when she went back to church and confessed her abortion to a priest. She felt an enormous weight falling away when she was granted absolution, and when the priest suggested she name her baby. “The name Melissa popped into my head. That was the first step.”
She had not planned to become a pro-life activist, but step by step, that’s the road she’s been on since 2011. First she had to tell her husband about the abortion, and then she had to tell Julien about the sister he would never know, and of her plans to speak at the National March for Life in Ottawa last year.

“He told me he was very proud.”

This year, Ms. Breton will march with Julien, and while she will not be sharing her testimony with the other women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, she will be there with a message:

“You can get forgiveness from God, but you’ve got to forgive yourself. I made a choice when I was 21 years old and I aborted my baby. Her name was Melissa. Facing that is what enables me to speak openly about my choice, and to forgive myself.”

To set up an interview with Ms. Breton, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email leslie@priestsforlife.org

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Every Baby has a Mother, and a Father

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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The Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors story is a chilling reminder that aborted babies have two parents. The two tennis greats are in the news because of their abortion years ago. Not her abortion, their abortion.

How many fathers are denied the opportunity to see their children whose mothers chooses to abort when the fathers don’t agree? The law gives the father no choice even though 23 of the chromosomes of the aborted baby belong to him.

Many people say that men should stay out of the abortion debate; that it’s none of their business; that they have nothing to do with what a woman does with her body.

Just like the Kermit Gosnell murder trial opened a can of worms that the abortion industry did not want opened, the Conner/Evert situation is proof of another can that needs to have the lid snapped right off.

For 40 years women have been having legal abortions and there have been many situations where the woman is forced or coerced into having an abortion against her will. But there have also been cases where the fathers did not want their baby aborted but were told it was not their decision, their choice to make.

Coming out in the news yesterday was an article on TVNZ about Chris Evert, the tennis star, blasting her former beau, Jimmy Connors, for writing in his book about the abortion that he blames for breaking them up in the 1970s. He wrote that his response [to learning that she wanted an abortion] was: “‘Well, thanks for letting me know. Since I don’t have any say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help’.

As more time since the passing of Roe v. Wade goes by, more and more men are stepping forward to talk about their abortions and the consequential collateral damage they have experienced.

Some of these testimonies can be heard at the men’s link at Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry of healing after abortion, has also seen an increased participation by men in their weekend healing retreats. In fact, the need for healing for post abortive fathers has grown so much that they now have a page dedicated to men and abortion.

As I often say, abortion hurts women and men. The “and men” should not be an afterthought because the reality is that while men may not be able to get pregnant or carry an unborn baby, the loss of their children is just as real and the pain of that loss can be just as devastating as it is for women.

Abortion is about the killing of a human life. Any participation in that killing or the inability to do something to prevent their child’s death can have traumatic effects on the life of the father as well as the mother.

As Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard wrote on May 4, 2011 in his story of celebrity Steven Tyler’s abortion:

“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines a traumatic event as follows: “1. The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. 2. The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.”

“Those who support abortion rights assure us that post-abortion complications are a myth. But Steven Tyler cuts through this fog of denial and lays it on the line: Jesus, what have I done?

“This is the cry of a post-abortive father whose very intimate exposure to the reality of abortion fits the textbook definition of trauma — as set down by the very same American Psychiatric Association that assures us abortion is a safe procedure with no negative effects on a man’s or a woman’s mental health.”

I thank God that the father of my fifth child said “no” to my having another abortion. He knew that 23 of the chromosomes were his and he wanted them to be given life in the baby I was carrying. My grandfather agreed with him.

While these two men didn’t have wombs, they had a stake in the life of the baby. Connors’ pain is telling us something. Every baby has a mother and a father.

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